Zong-Hao Zeng

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The number of atom-atom contacts in long distance can fit to the experimental binding energies in a dataset containing 151 experimental data with the correlation coefficient about 0.68. Based on this factor, a set of distance-dependent empirical potentials for various types of short-distance (2.4 A-5 A) contacts was obtained by guided fitting, i.e. a set of(More)
The crystal structure of pokeweed antiviral protein from seeds of Phytolacca americana (PAP-S) was solved at 1.8A. PAP-S is a one-chain ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP) and distinctively contains three well-defined N-acetylglucosamines, each covalently linked to an asparagine residue at positions, 10, 44, and 255, respectively. The high-resolution(More)
The human Gadd45 protein family plays critical roles in DNA repair, negative growth control, genomic stability, cell cycle checkpoints and apoptosis. Here we report the crystal structure of human Gadd45, revealing a unique dimer formed via a bundle of four parallel helices, involving the most conserved residues among the Gadd45 isoforms. Mutational analysis(More)
When amino acid residues are represented by parameters describing their side chain lengths and polarities, a sequence function defined as the sum of the first two sequence autocorrelation functions is found to be negatively and linearly correlated with the logarithms of folding rates of beta-proteins. The new function reveals new features in beta-protein(More)
Thioredoxin, DsbA, the N-terminal active-site domain a and the non-active-site domain b of protein-disulfide isomerase are all monomeric with a thioredoxin fold, and each exhibits low or no isomerase and chaperone activity. We have linked the N terminus of the above four monomers, individually, to the C terminus of the N-terminal domain of DsbC via the(More)
The relations of the binding free energies in a dataset of 69 protein complexes with the numbers of interfacial atom pairs, as well as with the atomic distances of the pairs, are analyzed. It is found that the interfacial main-chain atom pairs contribute more to the correlation than the interfacial side chain atom pairs do, and the polar atom pairs(More)
It is found that the helix parameter (HP), which favors clustering of non-polar residues, is linearly correlated with the logarithms of rate constants of folding of small two-state α-helical proteins. The definition is HP = NH _1 ∑ [fi+ (fi-1+fi+1)/2], where fi=1 or −1, if the i’th residue is hydrophobic or hydrophilic, respectively, NH is the number of(More)
It is found that the helix parameter (HP), which favors clustering of non-polar residues, is linearly correlated with the logarithms of rate constants of folding of small two-state alpha-helical proteins. The definition is HP = N(H)(-1) sigma [f(i)+ (f(i-1)+f(i+1))/2], where f(i)=1 or -1, if the i'th residue is hydrophobic or hydrophilic, respectively, N(H)(More)
2-Substituted 3-nitropropanoic acids were designed and synthesized as inhibitors against carboxypeptidase A (CPA). (R)-2-Benzyl- 3-nitropropanoic acid showed a potent inhibition against CPA (K(i)=0.15 microM). X-ray crystallography discloses that the nitro group well mimics the transition state occurred in the hydrolysis catalyzed by CPA, that is, an(More)
How protein molecules pack into a crystal remains problematic. Packing units are direct materials for packing into crystals. The group generator method is introduced for automatically identifying the packing unit. By introducing deviations into the nucleation stage of crystallization, we proved that these deviations diminish in further packing. This process(More)
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